Mikael Segercrantz

Partner, Helsinki

Mikael Segercrantz is a Helsinki-based Partner and Head of Roschier’s Marketing & Consumer practice. His practice focuses on intellectual property, regulatory matters and marketing & consumer law, including litigation. He has extensive experience in IP litigation in Finland and before the Court of Justice of the European Union, both as first and second chair. The proceedings have related to patent, trademark, copyright, design as well as other IP rights and involved questions such as preliminary injunctions, infringing acts and invalidity claims. Mikael has represented national and foreign companies in unfair competition lawsuits before the Market Court and self-regulatory boards of the industry as well as in administrative proceedings.

Mikael regularly advises clients, including international large brand owners, in various types of regulatory and marketing law questions, such as marketing campaigns, product classification, pricing and labeling issues, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical, medical device, food and cosmetic industries. He has also handled and coordinated a number of product recall campaigns in Finland and the Baltic States.

He is the main contact for Finland in the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), an international network of independent law firms specialized in advertising and marketing law.

Mikael frequently writes and lectures on topics relating to IPR, trademark litigation, marketing & advertising as well as pharmaceutical regulatory issues.

Mikael is recognized as one of the leading experts in the country in intellectual property, including trademarks and patents, as well as in life sciences regulatory by international legal directories such as Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, IAM Patent 1000, Managing IP (IP Stars), Who’s Who Legal and WTR 1000. He has also been named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Intellectual Property Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Finland. Clients admire not only his work, but also his personability, saying: “His legal work is excellent and he’s really an expert in the field. He is also easy-going and responsive.” (Chambers Europe, 2017). He is also described as “a top trademark litigator” (WTR 1000, 2018) who is “diligent and super pragmatic” and who has “a deep understanding of his clients’ business needs” (WTR 1000, 2019) and clients express a “very high level of trust” in his advice (Chambers Europe, 2018).

Mikael Segercrantz’s experience includes advising:

  • A global pharmaceutical company in proceedings related to regulatory data protection rights before the Finnish Supreme Administrative court and Court of Justice of the European Union;
  • Several innovative pharma companies in IP litigation proceedings before Finnish civil courts;
  • Clients in regulatory appeals against the Pharmaceutical Pricing Board’s decisions on the reimbursement status and pricing of products;
  • Trademark holders in opposition proceedings before the Board of Appeal of the National Board of Patents and Registration;
  • A number of brand owners with enforcement of their well-known trademarks;
  • Several brand owners and advertising agencies with review and clearance of marketing campaigns;
  • Foreign manufacturers in relation to product recall campaigns in Finland.

Roschier (1997-), Senior advisor 2008-2010, Partner since 2010
Nokia Networks /Espoo, Visiting Lawyer (2001)

Member of the Finnish Bar Association
Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
Member of the Finnish Association for Industrial Property Rights (STY)
Member of the Finnish Sports Law Association
Member of the Finnish Marketing Association (MARK)
Member of AIPPI

Member of the Finnish Association for Industrial Property Rights (STY), Board member
Finnish Marketing Association (MARK), Lawyer Circle, Board member

Finnish chapter in “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Pharmaceutical Advertising”, co-author Johanna Lilja, Global Legal Group 2008-2009, 2011, 2013-2015

Finnish chapter in Trade Mark Litigation – Jurisdictional comparisons”, editors Thierry Calame and Massimo Sterpi, co-authors Rainer Hilli and Johanna Lilja, The European Lawyer 2008 and 2013

Finnish chapter in “Global Patent Litigation – How and Where to Win”, editors Michael C. Elmer and C. Gregory Gramenopoulos, co-contributors Rainer Hilli and Johanna Flythström, Bloomberg Law 2014 and 2019

University of Helsinki, LL.M. (1997)

English, Finnish, Swedish

His legal work is excellent and he's really an expert in the field. He is also easy-going and responsive. Chambers Europe